Girls at The Barlow RC High School in Didsbury, UK say not being allowed to wear any make-up is affecting their confidence and they are now planning to revolt
Schoolgirls claim teachers are patrolling the corridors armed with wet wipes ordering pupils to remove make-up or they will not get into the canteen for lunch.
Pupils at The Barlow RC High School in Didsbury also say they are also being threatened with expulsion if they refuse to remove all traces of beauty products during school hours.
Bosses at the school have reportedly taken a hard line on cosmetics following the Christmas break.
One student, Holly Hopkins, said students are ready to revolt following the newly-enforced rules - which she says have never been strictly adhered to until now.
The 15-year-old from Didsbury claimed scores of young women at the school, many of whom suffer from acne, have been left feeling self-conscious after being shouted at by teachers for wearing make-up.
Holly said teachers have been patrolling the school, makeup wipes in hand, telling students to clean their faces.
She added: “There’s always been a ban on makeup. But they’ve never really enforced it, until the start of this term.
“They’ve been making us take part in make-up checks. If they see girls with make-up on, they’ve been made to take it off straight away.
“It’s everything - mascara, concealer, foundation - everything. Girls with spots can’t even wear a little bit of foundation to cover them up and make themselves feel better.
“Most girls my age are feeling very self-conscious because they are going through puberty and have acne.
“Some girls were told they couldn’t go into the canteen unless they took off their make-up - and been threatened that they could be expelled.
“There are women teachers, wearing make-up, telling girls they have to take theirs off.”
Holly says teachers have always been tough on false nails and jewellery, which students could ‘understand’, but the strict ban has now become ‘unfair’.
She added: “Make-up is not affecting people’s education. If anything, it’s distracting people because they feel self-conscious.
“It’s quite sexist. They say makeup is tacky. Some girls are just trying to cover up their spots.
“One boy said he was going to put on eyeliner and stuff to see if the teachers made him take it off. The boys have been really supportive - they think it’s ridiculous too.
“One girl has been told she’s going to be expelled because she refused to take her make-up off, ” according to a media report. -abdullah